Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
artwork by Behrang Namdari, Arman daily
The four kidnapped Iranian border guards have returned home. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said in a statement that the four soldiers were released following coordinated operations made by Iranˈs security, police and diplomatic organizations, particularly the border station of Sistan and Balouchestan Province.
On February 6, five Iranian border guards were abducted in Jakigour region of Iran's Sistan and Balouchestan province and then taken to Pakistan. One of guards, Jamshid Danayeefar, was killed in late March.
Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement Sunday congratulated release of four abducted Iranian border guards, announcing that contacts with Pakistan government still continue to determine the fate of Jamshid Danaeifar.
Iran dismisses claims that kidnapped border guards were not in Pakistan
As kidnapped Iranian border guards arrived in Iran from Pakistani soil, claims previously made by Islamabad that they were not held in Pakistan turned out to be baseless, said Iranian border guard commander Hossein Zolfaqari on Sunday.
Even though some Pakistani border guards made efforts to secure the release the kidnapped Iranian border guards, other Pakistani bodies, including the intelligence, army and police had no involvement in this regard, Zolfaqari said.
He said their release followed joint efforts by Iranian border guards and local officials.
He also said Iran is still pursuing the fate of Jamshid Danaeifar, the Iranian border guard recently said to have been killed by Jeish al-Adl terrorist group.
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